“Smoking Not ‘Lesser Evil’ in Mental Health Treatment Settings”

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This November 24, 2014 NBC article talks about the problems with the belief by many in the mental health and addiction communities where they think that smoking is better than doing drugs or somehow helps people cope.  the article offers some information about the number of hospitalizations and difficulty managing symptoms of mental illness among those who smoke.

“Smoking and mental health, what’s the connection?”

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This July 15, 2014 article on TheGuardian website in the United Kingdom talks about the high number of people with mental illnesses who smoke and looks at not only research, but offers some insight into some things that could be considered to be “cultural views” on smoking within the mental health community that have been historically seen in both the professionals and the people who are diagnosed with a mental illness.  The article also seems to say that it is harder for someone with a mental illness to quit smoking than it is for someone without a mental illness to carry out the same thing.  While researchers don’t know why this is, there is definitely a growing trend towards trying to understand this strong connection between mental illness and tobacco addiction.

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Smoke (Photo credit: paulbence)

“Stimulant treatment for ADHD may also reduce smoking risk”

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This May 12, 2014 article found on the MNT website talks about a possible link between treating kids who have ADHD with stimulants and a decreased risk of starting smoking.  While researchers aren’t clear on why this connection exists and feel more research is needed to figure out the link, they do feel there is some connection between the two things even if they don’t understand it yet.

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English: Adderall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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